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December 2, 2013

Reflections on Hearty Meals in Winter

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Alton Brown on the Food Channel claims his macaroni and cheese is the best, but I like my recipe.

Here it is:

1 cup macaroni

1 cup grated cheese

2 eggs

2/3 cup milk

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon paprika

Cayenne to taste

Dry Bread Crumbs

Butter

Additional Cheese

Parboil macaroni in salted water.  Drain and in a buttered casserole layer macaroni with one cup cheese - should be about three layers of each. Beat eggs, milk, and seasonings well and pour over the macaroni and cheese.  Sprinkle with bread crumbs (I use Panko or Italian), dot with butter, and top with additional cheese. Bake at 350F for 20 minutes or until the custard is set. Insert a knife in the middle, and it will come out clean.

Finally, my in-laws, Ralph and Margaret Seibert, perfected this dish that they called Tenderloin Noodle Casserole.

Cook 1 3/4 cups noodles, rinse and drain. Slowly brown 1 1/2 pound pork chops in hot fat. Season with salt and pepper. Combine noodles and the cheese sauce below, plus 3 tablespoons of chopped bell pepper and 3 tablespoons of chopped pimento. Turn into casserole and top with pork chops. Bake for 30 minutes at 350F.

Cheese Sauce: Melt 3 tablespoons butter and blend with 2 tablespoons flour, plus salt and pepper to taste. Add 1 cup milk. Cook until thick and bubbly.  Remove from heat and add 1/3 cup cheese.  

Hope you enjoy some of these meals. We surely do.

Keep warm!

 

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